Lalu, Swaraj in war of words

Amid mud-slinging over corruption charges in coal blocks allocation, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday charged that the controversial Reddy brothers had paid huge bribes.

Reacting through her tweets, BJP’s senior leader Sushma Swaraj claimed that the Congress also benefitted from the Reddy brothers.

Swaraj triggered a controversy on Monday as she charged that “mota maal (massive kickbacks)” went to the Congress from the coal block allocation.

Yadav, president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, remarked outside Parliament: “Everybody knows the Reddy brothers paid huge money, to BJP leaders. I demand that a Parliamentary committee be formed to probe into the issue.”

Swaraj hit back at Yadav through her Twitter handle: “Shri Laloo Yadav wants to know as to who got Mota Maal from Reddy Bros? I would like to inform him and the country that the Mota Maal from Reddy Bros has also gone to the Congress.”

Swaraj was once known to be close to the Reddy brothers and the latter had even described the BJP leader as their “God mother.”

Seeking to clear her name, Swaraj said all the mines were allotted to the Reddys by the Congress government, on the recommendations of the Congress chief minister. She, however, did not specify the names of the chief ministers or the states as most of the mines owned by the Reddys are situated in Andhra Pradesh.

Swaraj dared the government to make all the Reddy papers public. “I demand that all documents related to the recommendations and allotment to Reddy brothers be made public. The country will then know the truth as to who got the monetary benefits and who made recommendations for them. All the facts should be placed before the nation.”

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